AIS Program Coordinator

State of Utah

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Job Title: AIS Program Coordinator (Aquatic Invasive Species Wildlife Coordinator)

Job Description:
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for a motivated, detail-oriented, natural resources professional who excels at grant writing, proposal monitoring, and budget oversight to fill the role of Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator in our Salt Lake Office. This position requires strong communication and the ability to problem solve and adapt in the dynamic Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program of the DWR. This position is within the Division’s law enforcement section and is a non sworn coordinator position that will work closely with the AIS lieutenant in interdicting the spread of invasive species through Utah. Utah’s AIS program leads the western states in efforts to combat invasive species, specifically the Quagga Mussel, from infesting the rivers, reservoirs, and waterways that are so important to western United States infrastructure.

Principle Duties:
As a AIS Program Coordinator, you will:

represent agency interests on key AIS issues, task forces, committees, etc.
track location and national current events and other issues of interest to AIS
review legislation to determine impact on the operation of the agency and give recommendations regarding implementation of passed legislation
track budget items and agency related bills through the legislative process
coordinate the preparation and presentation of the division’s legislative proposals
coordinate and communicate with federal and state agencies, organizations, elected officials and members of the public regarding budget and grant issues
ensure adherence to applicable statutes, rules, policies and procedures
coordinate professional level staff who work in the DWR’s law enforcement and aquatic sections
attend and participate in professional meetings
plan, oversee, evaluate and provide administrative oversight for AIS budgets, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, etc.
provide administrative oversight for AIS program activities

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have:at least 5 years demonstrated successful work experience in a wildlife-related natural resources field
experience managing budgets and an understanding of the principles and practices related to budget management
demonstrated ability to build collaborative, solution-based partnerships and work with diverse people
the ability to communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
demonstrated successful work experience related to aquatic resource management and aquatic invasive species issues
the ability to find creative, pragmatic ways to solve problems and improve processes
a masters degree in a natural resource management field, public administration, public policy or another closely related field is preferred
working knowledge of state and federal wildlife laws

Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a natural resources field. Additional preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in a wildlife-related natural resources field or other applicable field that is beneficial for the position. Preference for at least 3 years of d emonstrated knowledge and experience with principles of aquatic invasive species or fisheries management.

Why you should join our team:
The Aquatics Invasive Species Program (AIS) is dynamic and energetic. This program has unique issues and will require unique solutions. The Division’s AIS program is at the forefront of keeping Utah’s and other western states’ waterways clean and free of invasive species.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources serves the people of Utah as trustee and guardian of the state’s fish and wildlife, always working to maintain sustainable and diverse populations. Our employees strive for the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, accountability, teamwork and cooperation. Click here to view a summary of the benefits and compensation offered to DWR employees (e.g., paid time off, health insurance, dental coverage, retirement plans, discount programs).


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Working Conditions:
Risks found in a typical office setting. Occasionally risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, when helping regional staff conduct field work (e.g., patrols, investigations, wildlife management projects, check stations). Working in extreme weather conditions, working long hours in remote locations with limited access to backup. The work occasionally requires the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach and lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) for long periods of time.

Work Schedule:
This is a full-time position 40 hours a week, which occasionally requires irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. Overnight travel within Utah, and occasionally outside of the state, is required to attend meetings, conferences, wildlife management projects and activities, etc. The DWR’s Salt Lake office is the primary duty location for this position, but there is some flexibility for remote work.

Valid driver license. At least 3 years demonstrated successful work experience in a wildlife-related field. Demonstrated successful work experience in a leadership position. Budget management experience. Knowledge of state and federal wildlife laws. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and work with people. Able to write well and communicate clearly.

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